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                               MEN Chameleon Bus

Table of Contents
1 Introduction
    1.1 Scope of this Document
    1.2 Limitations of the current implementation
2 Architecture
    2.1 MEN Chameleon Bus
    2.2 Carrier Devices
    2.3 Parser
3 Resource handling
    3.1 Memory Resources
    3.2 IRQs
4 Writing an MCB driver
    4.1 The driver structure
    4.2 Probing and attaching
    4.3 Initializing the driver

1 Introduction
  This document describes the architecture and implementation of the MEN
  Chameleon Bus (called MCB throughout this document).

1.1 Scope of this Document
  This document is intended to be a short overview of the current
  implementation and does by no means describe the complete possibilities of MCB
  based devices.

1.2 Limitations of the current implementation
  The current implementation is limited to PCI and PCIe based carrier devices
  that only use a single memory resource and share the PCI legacy IRQ.  Not
  implemented are:
  - Multi-resource MCB devices like the VME Controller or M-Module carrier.
  - MCB devices that need another MCB device, like SRAM for a DMA Controller's
    buffer descriptors or a video controller's video memory.
  - A per-carrier IRQ domain for carrier devices that have one (or more) IRQs
    per MCB device like PCIe based carriers with MSI or MSI-X support.

2 Architecture
  MCB is divided into 3 functional blocks:
  - The MEN Chameleon Bus itself,
  - drivers for MCB Carrier Devices and
  - the parser for the Chameleon table.

2.1 MEN Chameleon Bus
   The MEN Chameleon Bus is an artificial bus system that attaches to a so
   called Chameleon FPGA device found on some hardware produced my MEN Mikro
   Elektronik GmbH. These devices are multi-function devices implemented in a
   single FPGA and usually attached via some sort of PCI or PCIe link. Each
   FPGA contains a header section describing the content of the FPGA. The
   header lists the device id, PCI BAR, offset from the beginning of the PCI
   BAR, size in the FPGA, interrupt number and some other properties currently
   not handled by the MCB implementation.

2.2 Carrier Devices
   A carrier device is just an abstraction for the real world physical bus the
   Chameleon FPGA is attached to. Some IP Core drivers may need to interact with
   properties of the carrier device (like querying the IRQ number of a PCI
   device). To provide abstraction from the real hardware bus, an MCB carrier
   device provides callback methods to translate the driver's MCB function calls
   to hardware related function calls. For example a carrier device may
   implement the get_irq() method which can be translated into a hardware bus
   query for the IRQ number the device should use.

2.3 Parser
   The parser reads the first 512 bytes of a Chameleon device and parses the
   Chameleon table. Currently the parser only supports the Chameleon v2 variant
   of the Chameleon table but can easily be adopted to support an older or
   possible future variant. While parsing the table's entries new MCB devices
   are allocated and their resources are assigned according to the resource
   assignment in the Chameleon table. After resource assignment is finished, the
   MCB devices are registered at the MCB and thus at the driver core of the
   Linux kernel.

3 Resource handling
  The current implementation assigns exactly one memory and one IRQ resource
  per MCB device. But this is likely going to change in the future.

3.1 Memory Resources
   Each MCB device has exactly one memory resource, which can be requested from
   the MCB bus. This memory resource is the physical address of the MCB device
   inside the carrier and is intended to be passed to ioremap() and friends. It
   is already requested from the kernel by calling request_mem_region().

3.2 IRQs
   Each MCB device has exactly one IRQ resource, which can be requested from the
   MCB bus. If a carrier device driver implements the ->get_irq() callback
   method, the IRQ number assigned by the carrier device will be returned,
   otherwise the IRQ number inside the Chameleon table will be returned. This
   number is suitable to be passed to request_irq().

4 Writing an MCB driver

4.1 The driver structure
    Each MCB driver has a structure to identify the device driver as well as
    device ids which identify the IP Core inside the FPGA. The driver structure
    also contains callback methods which get executed on driver probe and
    removal from the system.

  static const struct mcb_device_id foo_ids[] = {
          { .device = 0x123 },
          { }
  MODULE_DEVICE_TABLE(mcb, foo_ids);

  static struct mcb_driver foo_driver = {
          driver = {
                  .name = "foo-bar",
                  .owner = THIS_MODULE,
          .probe = foo_probe,
          .remove = foo_remove,
          .id_table = foo_ids,

4.2 Probing and attaching
   When a driver is loaded and the MCB devices it services are found, the MCB
   core will call the driver's probe callback method. When the driver is removed
   from the system, the MCB core will call the driver's remove callback method.

  static init foo_probe(struct mcb_device *mdev, const struct mcb_device_id *id);
  static void foo_remove(struct mcb_device *mdev);

4.3 Initializing the driver
   When the kernel is booted or your foo driver module is inserted, you have to
   perform driver initialization. Usually it is enough to register your driver
   module at the MCB core.

  static int __init foo_init(void)
          return mcb_register_driver(&foo_driver);

  static void __exit foo_exit(void)

   The module_mcb_driver() macro can be used to reduce the above code.